Cat Facts

  1. tabby cat with green eyes

    Cat Eye Colors: Facts, Details, and Breed Guide

    Get the facts about cat eye colors and associated breeds, including cats with blue eyes, green eyes, yellow eyes...
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  2. tuxedo cat and orange tabby cat in boxes

    Why Do Cats Like Boxes?

    There's a scientific explanation behind the magnetic attraction between cats and boxes. Plus, a few ideas to give...
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  3. Sphynx cat in harsh lighting

    Hairless Cats: 8 Bald & Beautiful Breeds

    These 8 hairless cat breeds prove that you don’t need fur to be fabulous. Learn about the Sphynx cat and more...
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  4. tabby cat whiskers

    Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?

    What are the purpose of cat whiskers? How many whiskers does a cat have? Can you trim cat whiskers? Learn more here...
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  5. long-haired mouser cat pouncing in grass

    Are Cats Apex Predators?

    How high can cats jump? How fast can cats run? What are the best mouser cats? Learn why cats are apex predators...
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  6. long-haired white cat in snow

    10 Cat Breeds That Thrive in Cold Weather

    Learn about 10 natural cat breeds that originated in cold weather and the physical traits that they adapted to survive...
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  7. cream and white long-haired cat on a bench

    Luscious Locks: 14 Long-Haired Cat Breeds

    Get the facts about long-haired cats and appreciate the majestic beauty of 14 long-haired cat breeds...
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  8. Bengal cat stalking through grass

    15 Exotic Cat Breeds You Can Adopt

    Interested in cats that look like tigers, leopards, lions, and bobcats? Adopt one of these exotic cats...
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  9. bicolor Cornish Rex cat

    Cornish Rex Colors: What Colors Can Cornish Rex Cats Be?

    The Cornish Rex cat comes in a wide variety of color and pattern combinations. Learn more about their colors and...
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  10. Bengal cat licking paw

    Are Bengal Cats Hypoallergenic?

    Bengals are lovable, loyal short-haired cats that are famous for their exotic coats. But are they hypoallergenic...
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  11. calico Sphynx cat

    Sphynx Cat Colors: What Colors Can Sphynx Cats Be?

    The Sphynx cat is unique for many reasons, one being that they come in all sorts of colors and patterns, with no...
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  12. side profile of Somali cat looking up

    Somali Cat Personality: How Do Somali Cats Act?

    The Somali cat is an intelligent and playful feline that requires active involvement from their humans. Learn more...
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  13. two Ocicat kittens

    Ocicat Colors: What Coats Can Ocicats Have?

    Ocicats are recognized in 12 different color variations, all equally beautiful. Find out how your Ocicat classifies...
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Fun cat facts and feline tidbits 

Cats are endlessly fascinating, and we have the content to prove it! Read 100+ articles on the Litter-Robot blog that include fun facts about cats. You’ll find cat facts related to coat pattern, breed, unique abilities, and more!

Did you know? Cats instinctively know how to use the litter box. To avoid being eaten or attacked by predators, ancestral wild cats had to cover up their tracks and hide their waste to mask their scent. They gravitated toward soft dirt or sand, since the granular consistency made it easier to bury their waste. 

What other interesting facts about cats didn’t you know? Cats meow for humans, not other cats. A group of cats is called a clowder or a glaring, while a group of kittens is a kindle. 30%-50% of cats lack the gene that makes them react to catnip. Research suggests that a cat’s purr has the power to self-heal. People with cat allergies aren't allergic to fur, but rather a protein found in a cat’s saliva, urine, and dander called Fel d 1. Cats seek out boxes that offer cover for their predatory hunting instincts, as well as to hide to avoid becoming prey—an instinct passed down by their wild ancestors. Contrary to popular belief, cats don’t see in black and white—but research suggests that they are red-green colorblind. A 1-year-old kitten is developmentally equivalent to a 15-year-old human. (Most) cats are lactose intolerant. Cats’ whiskers help with directional orientation and spatial awareness.

Shall we keep going? The “tabby” cat isn’t a breed—it’s a pattern. Your cat has a third eyelid that functions as a shield for their cornea. Cats are imitating snakes when they hiss. Your house cat likely isn’t nocturnal, but instead crepuscular, or most active around dusk and dawn. How long a cat lives largely depends on whether they’re indoor-only or an outdoor cat. Cats almost alwaysland on their feet due to their impressive “righting” reflex. Cat pee smells so bad because it’s so concentrated—felines originated in the desert and evolved to absorb a large amount of water from their urine to maintain their hydration. Cats are more likely to knead if they were separated from their mothers as young kittens. And finally, cats aren’t just jerks: They knock things over to test for hidden prey.